SOYATON’s reference listening & testing system has been recently upgraded. Twenty years of experience with high end audio and its tweaks, tricks and upgrades, did not prepare me for the change it caused.
The upgrade was done by Mr Janusz Sikora of J.Sikora Turntables, who made a custom Delrin platter for my VPI HRX turntable. It has also been equipped with J.Sikora’s optional glass & aluminium platter mat, as well as his two-piece record weight made of aluminium, brass and nickel. And fully serviced and calibrated.
VPI HRX in original version is a very good turntable, a kind of reference in terms of hi-end turntables, but improvements which I heard after the treatment by J.Sikora were simply unbelievable… To be honest I had some reservations especially with regards to the glass platter mat – every audiophile knows that glass is not what we like. I could not be wrong more… The most striking ones include significant increase of depth of the soundstage (first line of instruments got much closer to my listening armchair and the last line is far more distant), location of instruments became ultra-precise (really ultra!), in case of good recordings one does not need to use imagination to feel the instruments playing right in from of him (you just feel them), every sound became somehow just super-realistic and super-natural. And it brings simply huuuuuge pleasure to the listenerJ. I just can’t get used to it so I put record by record on the plate and listen to them with goose bumps on my hands. More reflections to come – every record brings a new one!